Governor Beshear Will Take Pay Cut

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says he will take a 10
percent pay cut next year to signal his willingness to help
Kentucky through tough economic times.

Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and senior members of his cabinet have
agreed to take similar salary cuts for the year.

Governor Beshear said the cuts are a signal that they are willing to
"share in the sacrifices."

Governor Beshear has had to slash spending by some $430 million this year because of a revenue shortfall.

Meanwhile, Beshear has asked state government and public
university officials to show how a 4-percent budget cut would
affect them. Beshear spokeswoman Jill Midkiff says the governor is
reviewing those reports and is expected to release a proposal to
deal with the budget shortfall later this week.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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